Legendary newsman Dan Rather and Austin-based environmental activist Robin Rather join Thorne Dreyer for their first-ever father-daughter interview. The lively, far-ranging -- and often funny -- session includes anecdotes about Dan’s early career in Houston, his dramatic and innovative coverage of Hurricane Carla in Galveston in 1961 that led to his hiring by CBS News, his recent blogging about Aaron Sorkin's HBO series, The Newsroom, and larger issues like the corporatization of today's news business. Robin talks about her seminal work in the movement to protect and sustain Austin’s unique environment and the daunting challenges caused by the city’s unprecedented growth spurt. They each talk about the other's accomplishments and their close relationship over the decades.
Dan Rather, now managing editor and anchor of Dan Rather Reports on HDNet, went to work at CBS News in 1962 and was anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from 1981-2005. Born in Wharton, Texas, in 1931, he began his career as a full-time journalist with Houston's KTRH radio and KHOU-TV. The recipient of numerous Emmy and Peabody awards, Dan will join the illustrious company of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite when he receives the prestigious Trustees Award of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in New York City on October 18, 2013. Rather's new book is "Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News." Dan and his wife, Jean Goebel, to whom he’s been married since 1957, maintain homes in New York City and Austin, Texas.
Robin Rather is an Austin-based environmental activist and sustainability consultant. She is the CEO of Collective Strength where she consults on projects involving renewable energy, water conservation, health care, and community values. Robin was chair of the board of the historic Save Our Springs Alliance, established in 1992 to advocate for Austin's iconic Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer ecosystem. She was also co-founder of Liveable City, Hill Country Conservancy, and Envision Central Texas, and serves on the Adivisory Board of the Sustainable Food Center. Born in Houston in 1958, she is the daughter of Dan Rather and Jean Goebel.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 56:38.